The attack happened around 8pm local time (6pm GMT) in the Drottninggatan area of the city, which has been describedas “quiet” place by local media. Two of the six people wounded in the shooting – men aged 18 and 29 – later succumbed to their injuries in hospital, police said in a statement.
Malmo has seen a wave of crime in recent years, which has included shooting attacks. It has “significant” potential for violence, Chief of the Swedish National Police Dan Eliasson said in January, as cited by The Local.
Last year, the country saw more than 300 confirmed shooting incidents, which left 41 people dead and 135 injured.
The police lacks adequate resources to combat the scourge of crime that is sweeping parts of the country, Swedish Democrats party member Nima Gholam Ali Pour told RT. He also said that the influx of migrants has badly affected the social and criminal situation in the country.
“We have new kinds of criminals in Sweden that are much rougher, and the Swedish police are not trained enough, they don’t have the equipment or the resources to do their job adequately,” he said.